Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville

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#14 of 179 in Museums in Georgia
Occupying the grounds of the notorious Camp Sumter, a primary Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum memorializes the horrific conditions of the soldiers held here. Perhaps one of the most inhumane prisons of the Civil War, the complex saw 13,000 of the 45,000 prisoners who passed through its gates die of disease, malnutrition, or dehydration. You can visit the site--home to monuments, a cemetery, and an outline of the prison grounds themselves--via a self-guided driving tour of the area. Be sure to stop by the museum to see exhibits and displays paying tribute to and detailing the lives, experiences, and survival of U.S. prisoners of war throughout history. Discover how to plan a Andersonville trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • The horrors that went on here are portrayed in the movie. All due to war. Respects are paid to all prisoners of war here. Definitely worth a side trip to see. Pay your respects to those at rest in the...  more »
  • Museum does a great job of explaining the horrors of a pow camp faced by soldiers during any war. A must see experience for every American.  more »
  • The museum could be gruesome, but I stuck to the exhibits relating to the Civil War. The film is a must see, the tour with a guide is a good idea, although all the guides were more than willing to sto...  more »
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  • Tragic. Depressing. Horrifying. Excellent presentation. Must see. Like Holocaust museum all need to visit. Covers whole US POW History not just Civil War. Honor History. Jimmy Carter site 30 minutes away. Civil War Naval Museum 1 hour away.
  • Andersonville National Cemetery his an amazing historical place located in the middle of nowhere. The drive there is beautiful and worth every minute to see this piece of American history. The grounds are only rivaled in my experience by Alexandria National Cemetery. I'm honored to have family members buried here.
  • Really enjoyed the visit! There is a small yet comprehensive POW museum that covers the history of American POWs from all wars. The site of Camp Sumter is the main attraction, and you can pick up a pamphlet for a nice driving tour of the site from the museum desk. The information on the pamphlet complements the signs. You could also walk around the site of the prisoner camp of you have the time and the weather is nice. Definitely worth the visit to check out an often overlooked part of the Civil War.
  • Very friendly, informative staff. Really enjoyed the film presentation which gave insight as to what went on at this prison. The cemetery was very moving! The grounds are beautifully maintained - very quiet & serene.
  • Excellent place to visit. The museum itself is very detailed and has a lot of artifacts. The staff are very friendly. The prison ground are neat to walk around on a cool day. Highly recommended!
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